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    Star Wars / Kenner Star Wars design patents on the SWCA

    One of my pet projects lately has been to revamp this section on the Archive since we unveiled it in 1998 (to the sound of chirping crickets, unfortunately). I found many other patents that we never had and the new Google interface is much nicer than the old USPTO one that we originally pulled the images from.

    Toy Design Patents

    Just thought I'd share because it's really neat to see the exact vintage toy likenesses shown and people don't often visit the Info & Reference section of the site to even know it's there. It's interesting to see what they did and did not patent (no Millennium Falcon for instance) and how the Lucasfilm and Kenner SW design patents basically stopped after this period.

    And for those with interests in other toy lines, there are a ton of familiar sightings when you start following all of the references, citations, and assignees.

    -chris
    Last edited by ChrisGeorgoulias; 12-30-2012 at 12:50 PM.
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    No MF patent but this

    Patent USD271780 - Toy space vehicle - Google Patents

    let the speculation proceed...

    google is amazing.

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    Die-cast ship maybe?
    Last edited by Joshua_A; 12-30-2012 at 07:00 PM.

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    It's the Rebel Medical Frigate, of which a vintage toy was never made. I think Lucas and company were just patenting their character and vehicle designs as toys (or in the assumption they'd be toys) regardless if they actually ended up being so.

    It's interesting to see 3PO and R2 patented as "robot" rather than "toy figure" as the rest were.
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    These are brilliant Chris, I do remember seeing them some years back, but had pretty much forgotten about them.

    I'm curious to hear, did any original artwork from this material surface? I've not heard of anything on the market over the years.
    Buying $$$$ all 2&3D Luke character protos, At-At stuff, 2-1B related, Rebel Commando items, Millennium Falcon whatever, and all the B-Wing Pilot pieces that even Steve Danley doesn't want (.25 cents).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bjamin_S View Post
    I'm curious to hear, did any original artwork from this material surface? I've not heard of anything on the market over the years.
    Ha. No - that the original artwork surfaced is not why I got back into that section. It's a nice thought though! I was doing some patent research and saw that we had missing things so I went on a mission to dig up as much as I could and make it complete. It can be nice supplementary material for toy prototype displays however because of how "official" it is and looks.

    -chris
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    chris@toysrgus.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisGeorgoulias View Post
    It's the Rebel Medical Frigate, of which a vintage toy was never made. I think Lucas and company were just patenting their character and vehicle designs as toys (or in the assumption they'd be toys) regardless if they actually ended up being so.

    It's interesting to see 3PO and R2 patented as "robot" rather than "toy figure" as the rest were.
    Ha ha. Yeah I worked out it was the Frigate

    I am surprised they didn't give a us a medic bay set. Could of been like the Star Destroyer one. Just needed to make a Luke with removal hand to go with it.

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    The illustrations on the ships (especially Slave 1, Snowspeeder and AT-AT) are quite nice!

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    Interesting to see earlier characters being cited in the design of later ones, for example, Bossk for Gam Guard and Klaatu.

    Also, check out Bib Fortuna whose design referenced items from 1927, 1932 and 1943! Does this mean the person designing it was actually looking through a series of images of existing items to create it ?! I was under the impression that figures were born purely in the mind (or at least from subconscious or historic images stored there.)

    EDIT : Looks like it's Tippett's creations. How's about this for a challenge... track down the cited items to add to one's focus! Has anyone ever tried this ?

    Here's Max Rebo's pieces...

    http://www.google.com/patents?id=Szo8AAAAEBAJ
    Last edited by Tim_Z; 01-04-2013 at 07:42 AM. Reason: Formatting and after-thought.
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    When you apply for a patent or just investigate if your idea is patentable you already have your design basically done. What you look for from the USPTO (or an international equivalent) is "prior art" which means basically a pre-existing item already patented. Certainly the SW creatures and costumes were originals, but those folks routinely used images from books and films as inspiration. The library at Skywalker Ranch exists for precisely that purpose.

    What LFL and Kenner did was to have a patent lawyer search to see if the idea was original and if so, they would file the patent application and cite references for similar items, hence the 1920's stuff. That helps the patent reviewer at the USPTO categorize things or narrow down their own search for prior art.

    I wonder if it would have helped for LFL to patent the Stormtrooper, which is oddly missing, when it came time to go after Andrew Ainsworth for making unauthorized armor reproductions then claiming to have been the actual creator of the design. But that's a whole other discussion.
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